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    Thread: Yellow wax dripping from my doors!

    1. 05-09-2007 05:26 PM #1
      When the weather heats up my car will leak a yellow wax (cosmoline) from the doors. It screws up the rubber moldings, and makes a mess all over. I've taken it to the dealership. They told me it's a common problem w/ black vws. It is used as a rust proofer. They fixed it under warrenty, but my warrenty is about to expire. Its a total defect and i don't want to come out of pocket fixing it in the future. Has anyone had a similar experiance? Is there a permanent fix? Also does this wax damage the paint? if it doesn't scraping it off does


      Modified by FLYGTI325 at 1:31 PM 5-9-2007

    2. 05-09-2007 05:57 PM #2
      It's not gonna hurt your paint and it's not a defect. It's actually quite ingenious to use something as pliable as wax to rustproof body panels. It is a minor annoyance but a mild degreaser to remove what's been caked on and then ironically enough a good coat of wax on the rocker panels will keep it from caking as much.

      Keep your car cleaner!


    3. 05-09-2007 06:08 PM #3
      thats the thing...my car is freshly detailed, thats why Im so annoyed. and it is a defect because when it leaks, it disfigures and unglues the rubber moldings on the underside of the door.

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      05-09-2007 08:02 PM #4
      Ahhh... You can always tell when summer is coming by the leaky door syndrome. My JB does it too. Nothing to worry about.
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      05-09-2007 09:30 PM #5
      It is normal for the hotter places to have this happen, it isn't because your car is black, it is because your car is under the sun...
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      05-09-2007 11:48 PM #6
      its called cosmoline
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      05-10-2007 01:06 AM #7
      It's 10000% normal. The dealership should have laughed at you and told you to go buy some bug and tar remover. You should THANK VW for protecting your car from rusting from the inside out. Big deal, you have to wipe it off every now and again. EVERY COLOR VW will have the same issue if it gets warm enough so I have no idea why they made up that bull**** excuse. You're a fool if you think warranty should cover this. Pay out of pocket? For what? To wipe it off? Since the dealership didn't do it, it will... Hahaha.


      Modified by bluebora20v at 9:07 PM 5-9-2007

    8. 05-10-2007 01:19 AM #8
      My last Jetta did that, since it was all black and just a 2.slow i didnt care, but yes i think its common but crappy thing to happen.

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      05-11-2007 12:04 AM #9

      I feel your pain , ha and the summer has just began

    10. 05-11-2007 12:24 AM #10
      mine is still there from last summer... its not a big deal

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      05-11-2007 01:11 AM #11
      I've never seen this happen on my PG GLI, but then again I live in Wisconsin. If this is a sealant used inside of the doors, shouldn't there be some sort of seal to prevent it from leaking outside of the door? I don't know exactly how it happens. Obviously it's the wax in the door melting due to high temperatures, but where exactly does it leak out from?
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    12. 05-11-2007 01:17 AM #12
      it comes from inside the doors, seeps out of the rubber moldings on the under side of the door. it would not be a big deal if it didnt mess up the rubber. If VW knows that all mkIV's do this, why would they not fix the problem?

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      05-11-2007 01:53 AM #13
      Quote, originally posted by Code3VW »
      It is normal for the hotter places to have this happen, it isn't because your car is black, it is because your car is under the sun...

      Funny as it may sound, it's more common on black cars because black absorbs more sunlight and heat than any other color.


    14. 05-11-2007 01:55 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by Dub Ken »

      Funny as it may sound, it's more common on black cars because black absorbs more sunlight and heat than any other color.

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    15. 05-11-2007 02:01 AM #15
      Quote, originally posted by Dub Ken »

      Funny as it may sound, it's more common on black cars because black absorbs more sunlight and heat than any other color.

      this is very true


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      05-11-2007 05:23 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by FLYGTI325 »
      it comes from inside the doors, seeps out of the rubber moldings on the under side of the door. it would not be a big deal if it didn't mess up the rubber. If VW knows that all mkIV's do this, why would they not fix the problem?

      Actually, it comes out through the holes in the bottom of the door that let any excess water the leaks past the scrapers out. As far as VW fixing it, first they would have to actually consider it a problem & not just a nuisance.
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      05-12-2007 09:00 AM #17
      I used a hair dry to warm the wax so it will start to melt and it was easy to clean off my wifes jetta. Its a 2000 and it still leaks it on occasion.

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      05-17-2007 03:33 AM #18
      GRRR!! The wax is sooo annoying!! So there is nothing to do to stop it??

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      05-17-2007 12:28 PM #19
      yea it happens it goes away though after it happens once....so no swet
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      05-17-2007 02:33 PM #20
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      05-17-2007 02:39 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by APR’dGLI »
      yea it happens it goes away though after it happens once....so no swet

      What do you mean it only happens once? Mine has been leaking for months....


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      05-17-2007 03:13 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by Dub Ken »

      Funny as it may sound, it's more common on black cars because black absorbs more sunlight and heat than any other color.

      This is negotiable.

      The heat differential between a black car and any other color is small, and with the summers here getting to 120 degrees, I see VWs of all colors with the cosmoline tear-streaks.

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